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The Unbelievable Amount of Mistakes Being Made in the Dallas Ebola Case
This pandemic is just steps away from becoming a hellish nightmare and what is Dallas concerned with? A permit! Due to lack of piece of paper, the hazmat clean-up crew had to wait to remove the infected bedding, towels, clothes, and anything else he might have infected, such as the carpet, because they didn’t have the proper permit! Although Duncan is quarantined at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, his family members, including his 20 month old nephew, are locked inside their contaminated apartment at gunpoint. Where is the logic in this? Why weren’t family members removed and quarantined in a clean location and this apartment sealed until it could be disinfected?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, frequently featured on CNN, admitted that Ebola can live outside the body on surfaces such as clothes, towels, door knobs, and ATM keypads for hours, or perhaps days, which means just one speck of this virus left behind somewhere can infect new people.
This apartment must be contaminated as Duncan was already showing symptoms the first time he went to the hospital, and when the ambulance came for him he was already very, very sick. It’s a pity that no one listened to him, not his family, not even after he told the nurse in the hospital that he had been to Liberia! Apparently, everyone really believed the President when he said that Ebola would never make it to US soil. Duncan was not even quarantined until September 30th!
Finally, a private company, Cleaning Guys, has accepted the task of cleaning and disinfecting, along with the removal of hazardous materials, from the apartment Duncan shared with his girlfriend and three children. The hazardous materials were placed in hazardous waste bags but, an employee at Cleaning Guys, Brad Smith, stated that they could not move the bags because they needed a special permit to move this kind of hazardous waste on public highways. Dr. David Lakeyn from the Texas State Department of Health, at a news conference admitted that even specialized hazmat teams don’t have these kinds of permits for the transportation and disposal of contaminated items. Why should bureaucratic red tape and BS paperwork be holding up a vital cleanup effort? Why doesn’t someone call the Governor and ask him to issue an emergency permit? Why are people so concerned about a piece of paper when we are talking about a pandemic of this magnitude? If those contaminated items should break open or somehow infect more people and this virus is allowed to roam free because of this, many, many people are going to be wondering why everyone was so concerned about a piece of paper.
Believe it or not it’s the Department of Transportation who is holding up the effort to remove contaminated items. DOT forbids items contaminated with Ebola from being moved on highways because it’s classified as a Category A agent. CDC rules allow Ebola contaminated waste to be disposed of along with regular medical waste, but the CDC and DOT don’t agree on how to remove items, such as towel and sheets, that have been contaminated from a private location. Meanwhile the government wants us to believe that they have everything under control and that they are absolutely prepared to handle this killer virus. Really? They can’t even come to an agreement about how to move contaminated items!
We know that when Duncan first when to the hospital, he was showing early signs of the Ebola virus. The doctors told him that they believed he had the flu or some other type of virus; they gave him antibiotics and sent him home.
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